Whatever the reason, the Celtics have managed to squeak by the Bucks and move on to the second round.
For those who aren't familiar with betting odds, the 76ers being -400 means that you would have to bet $400 to win $100 while putting $100 on the Celtics at +300 would result in a win of $300 if they take the series.
The first overall pick in the 2016 draft who sat out all of past year with an injury, Simmons was heckled by the Boston crowd with chants of "Not a Rookie!"
Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last six games.
As a result, Brown has been listed as doubtful, though according to C's coach Brad Stevens tests on the guard's hamstring "looked good". "The main important thing is just slowing my mind down". Somebody else is going to have to step up and play great. We will be ready on Monday, he replied.
The Sixers coming so close in Game 7 to advancing to the next round as an 8-seed might just add a little fuel to the fire to a fan-base looking to get their hands back on the Celtics after all this time.
With much of the attention focused on Philadelphia young guns Simmons and Joel Embiid, Boston's youth movement of Tatum and Rozier led the way. Boston's starters outscored Philadelphia's starters 98-84.
The Celtics have proven on a consistent basis this season that they can win without Irving, who played in 60 games during the year. "For real, I liked that". Embiid and Saric are more mobile bigs, which will force the Boston bigs to expend more energy of defense. He fought-off foul trouble in Game 7 and finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists.More news: US Inflation Hits Federal Reserve's 2% Target in March
Jayson Tatum followed up with a postseason career-high of his own, dropping 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while Al Horford knocked down 10 of his 12 shots to finish with 26.
The Celtics as a collective have to make Embiid work for every basket.
The teams played four times during the regular season with the Celtics winning three of those contests.
But Boston is not the same team it was then.
Whereas the Sixers are finally healthy with a masked Embiid back in the lineup, the Celtics continue to impress with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward on the sidelines with season-ending injuries. The Rookie of the Year candidate is making the most of his first playoff appearance, averaging a near-triple-double while shooting 50% from the field. J.J. Redick led the Sixers in scoring at 20 points per game as Philly put up over 114 points per game in the opening round.
It was Rozier who accidentally referred to Bucks' guard Eric Bledsoe as Drew Bledsoe after Game 1, causing Bledsoe to say "I don't know who the (expletive) Rozier is" after Game 2. "And they're a bear to play against; you can tell from the last series". They're an excellent defensive team.